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JVM protests over road repairs

JVM workers, led by party leader and Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar, gheraoed the East Singhbhum rural works department office at Karandih on Thursday in protest against the inordinate delay in reconstruction of three potholed roads that pass through congested residential areas.

The gherao by more than 500 protesters continued from 11am to 2.30pm.

“I had been pressing for repairs of the three roads —Khasmahal-Sarjamda, Bagbera Lal Building-Karandih Chowk and Govindpur Bus Stand-Jadugora — with state funds since 2011. Several reminders had also been sent and I met principal secretary of the rural works department, but in vain,” said Kumar, adding that the roads had not been repaired for the past decade.

The 12.5km Khasmahal-Sarjamda road passes through Khasmahal, Parsudih, Shankerpur, Barigora, Rahargoda, Gadra and Sarjamda. While the 6.5km Govindpur Bus Stand-Jadugora stretch passes through Dayal City, Govindpur, Domjuri, Murgaguttu and Jadugora, the 2.5km Bagbera Lal Building-Karandi Chowk road goes via Bagbera, Kitadih an Karandih.

Head clerk of rural works department S. Rahman said:“We have submitted technical sanctions for the roads to the departmental head. According to norms, any road requiring construction expenses in excess of Rs 2 crore needs an administrative approval from the state cabinet while those below Rs 2 crore need a go-ahead from principal secretary of our department. We are yet to receive the approvals for any of the roads and cannot commence construction,” he explained.

Rahman further informed that estimates as per technical sanctions for Khasmahal-Sarjamda road is Rs 5.66 crore while that for Bagbera Lal Building-Karandih Chowk road is Rs 36.08 lakh and Govindpur Bus Stand-Jadugora road is Rs 2.35 crore.

Technical sanctions for all three roads were submitted to the department more than three months ago.